ISLAMABAD While hundreds of employees of Radio Pakistan are struggling to make both ends meet, Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) has reportedly celebrated Jashn-e-Jamhuriat a few days ago. A source in Radio Pakistan informed that the contractual employees along with those who were working on daily wages had been deprived of their salaries for the last two months and the PBC was not even paying the hiring and medical allowances to its regular staff. The source revealed that the employees of Radio Pakistan had been requesting the administration but they were informed that RP was under financial crunch and there were no funds to pay the salaries and provide other facilities. United Staff Organisation of Radio Pakistan has already handed over an application to Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira regarding problems being faced by the employees of PBC. However it all remained in vain and no steps were taken to give relief to the employees, the source maintained. He added that the said application was handed over to the Minister almost a week ago. He further informed that earlier the top guns of Radio Pakistan were of the view that the speech of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on the first Friday of every month, besides the appearance of Minister for Information and Broadcasting in a radio programme on weekly basis, would help the PBC come up with better financial position. Whether or not the financial conditions of PR boosted up, but it is true that the staff of RP were suffering a lot to make their both end meet, the source further informed. It merits mentioning here that despite such financial conditions of Radio Pakistan, the top administration of PBC reportedly arranged a programme 'Jashn-e-Jamhuriat in the building of Radio Pakistan costing hundreds of thousands of rupees. The source informed that Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira was reportedly the chief guest while regional singers from different parts of the country performed in the function. TheNation tried to contact the DG Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation on his cellular phone to confirm the report, however he was not available for his version despite several attempts.